I was not familiar with Kathrine Switzer until I began training for an endurance event. In 1967 Kathrine decided to run the Boston Marathon. The problem was that this was a male only event. Women were seen as being not athletic enough or having the willpower to compete in the event. Kathrine decided to enroll using only her first initials. Upon realizing that Kathrine was a woman, a marathon official tried to physically remove her from the race. Her boyfriend body checked the man and Katrine became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. The incident was widely publicized. Kathrine has gone on to run in over 35 marathons and works to expand womens opportunities to compete in competitive running world wide. Her book Marathon Woman was published in 2007. It is on my reading list of course.

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